While at the beach you decide to write a message in a bottle. What would it say? Who would you like to find it?
You were once young, much younger than you are now, which was far younger than I am today. You didn't know, no one knew. We launch into life empty, some hopeful (as you were), some not. Some are barely alive, they can hardly be called vessels; but you were.
A shining example of endurance, fueled by dreams and passion. You lacked in pedigree but made up for it in the way you made those around you feel important. You made friends and brought them along with you. For every new victory you looked back to hug and acknowledge all those in your path. You would not have won without them: the nay-sayers, the cheerleaders, the silent companions; they were all there for you. You knew it and you shared it.
You inherently knew it, joy when shared multiplies. Through your suffering you gave joy, through your malaise you gave joy, through your losses you gave joy. You gave joy when there was none left. Where did you find it? I tell you, some questions go unanswered. Certain troubles not even God can reconcile, but that doesn't stop him from inquiring, as it never stopped you from seeking.
Don't stop now, don't stop ever, that's what makes you who you are. Believe in yourself, hold on to your friends and never stop asking the questions. This will make you a winner.